Onnoghen’s Trial: Nasir El’Rufai In Wild Outburst Claims Embattled CJN IS Richer Than Dangote

Kaduna State’s Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday lambasted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, describing him as a shameless judge. El-Rufai, who wondered how Onnoghen could allegedly forget he has millions of dollars in his account said the embattled CJN is richer than Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

The Kaduna governor said this when supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari marched to the state government house in solidarity with Buhari.

Speaking from on top an armoured personnel carrier in front of the government house, El-Rufai appreciated the visitors for identifying with Buhari in a solidarity march and “for coming together to convey this very clear statement from the people of Kaduna State that in Kaduna we do not support corruption.”

The governor, who called on Nigerians to support Buhari’s anti-corruption fight, claimed that corruption in the judiciary is the worst form and no society can survive it.

He said, “In Kaduna state, we do not support injustice, in Kaduna state, we are 100 per cent, behind the integrity of our president,” he said.

“I can assure you that the message you have given to me will be delivered to the president today… The worst form of corruption you can find in any public servant is judicial corruption because when the president is corrupt or the governor is corrupt, it is to the judge that ordinary people can take their case to.

“When the judge himself is corrupt, it is the highest form of corruption and must never be condoned.

“Mr President did not remove Onnoghen from office. He said in honour of the judiciary, he should step aside so that the charges against him can be investigated and prosecuted. The president did the right thing by asking him to step aside pending investigation.

“Unfortunately, some people in Nigeria are trying to make white black and black, white. They are using technicalities to delay bringing this man to justice. The man (Onnoghen) is shameless, he does not want to go, but it is time for Nigerians to come all out and tell him he must go.

“The case of Justice Onnoghen is the case in which somebody who has worked in government for the past 20 years. Suddenly, he has millions of dollars in his account.

“He has admitted but said he has forgotten about them, which means he has more money than Aliko Dangote because I do not think Dangote will forget $1 million in his account.”